Hitting Tip: How Far to Stand from Home Plate

Instructors teach this different ways, but here is a general school of thought that makes the MOST sense to me for the distance a hitter should stand from home plate. Because players at all ages are different sizes and swing different size bats, it is tricky to find a good go to for a hitter’s [...]

Instructors teach this different ways, but here is a general school of thought that makes the MOST sense to me for the distance a hitter should stand from home plate. Because players at all ages are different sizes and swing different size bats, it is tricky to find a good go to for a hitter’s location in the box. I have seen folks teach hitters to put his feet together and stand two shoe lengths from home plate. This may make sense for a small player with big feet, but what about a big player with small feet? So here is my general recommendation. I say general because different counts and different game situations will force you to move closer or further from home plate. I’ll hit those points in a second.

Simply put, lay the bat you are using across the front of home plate (knob end towards you). ¬†Pull it towards you about a half / full ball from the outside corner. Place your front foot toe at the bottom of the bat knob and BAM! You’re now at a proper distance from home plate to start hitting to all fields.¬†

So how about the adjustments you may have to make during the course of a game …

1) A pitcher is throwing gas or has a wet noodle for an arm … keep your distance from home plate and slide either forward (slower) or backward (heat) in the batters box.

2) A runner is on second base with no outs and you are trying to move him to third by hitting a ball the the right side. Chances are the pitcher will try to throw you inside (RH) or outside (LH), so moving off of the plate (RH hitter - oppo) or onto the plate (LH hitter - pull) a ball or two could help you turn more of the plate into a ball you can move the runner with.

3) Sacrifice bunting will call for you to move both up in the box (greater chance of keeping a bunt fair) and closer to home plate (better plate coverage).

Other situations may also come up that will allow you as a hitter to make adjustments in the box. But be careful not to make them too obvious because as your competition gets better, the catchers behind you will be watching your every move!

Good Luck!

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